So as you know, well I hope you know...I hope you know about them...I hope you...ooops...rambling. I'm talking about my Mental Girl books - both 1 and 2. Both can be purchased on e-book on Amazon. Right now. Yep. Grab your copy.
Working on my Mental Girl books took a lot of my "creative" time and energy. Which was great. I'm glad I gave the books attention. I'm actually still doing it because, I'm working on making it possible...no not possible...making it official...no, that's not the word...I'm making it happen...oh I'm rambling...Mental Girl book 1 AND 2 will soon be out in paperback. How cool is that? I'm excited, because I will be able to hold them in my hands! So stay tuned for that announcement.
In the meantime, I decided not to stop myself from working on other projects as well. I've got a few shuffling around right now. Yes, I work on projects the way I read books, write journals, and well...write this blog. I stop and start. I go the way my creative wind blows. It doesn't make me a millionaire...and I'm sure it's not the way the "professionals" do it...but it's my way. I've always admitted I'm a work in progress and I do things my own way.
The other day, a friend was over helping me get Mental Girl book 1 ready for paperback. She could see it takes a lot of work, support and help. She saw my excitement but also my finger nail biting. However...I proudly told her...that I was working on some other things. One...I got giddy talking about...is an idea for a graphic novel. I've written a few YA novels. I have a children's e-book on Amazon. If you want to check out my e-books...click up there at the top - see that button that says "MY BOOKS"...yeah...click on that...go on...I can wait. Oh...you can also do it later. No pressure.
Anyhoo...I told her I was rolling around a fun idea for a graphic novel, but I was just doing the writing part. I told her, if I do get this book finished, I'm going to need an illustrator. Which is NOT easy to find. You either have to pay a lot of money for someone...or hope you have some talent...and do the whole thing yourself. I currently have a children's book on the market and I haven't found an illustrator yet. So...my friend, who is always pushing me along to succeed and soar asked me "why don't you do the drawings?" I said, "me? Oh no...I don't draw. I doodle. I doodle trees and happy faces, but I don't draw." She said, "everyone can draw." Then she recommended a book to me. She really got on a roll trying to convince me to open my brain to the possibility of drawing for my own books. She told me about Betty Edwards' book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". After she left, I went on Amazon and found the book. I was about to get it, when I saw the workbook. I thought...I'm going for the workbook. Why not? And I got it. Then I really got it...when it was delivered the next day!
So that's my new project. I decided to blog about the process. Let's see how far I get. Okay, that sounded a little pessimistic. I am pleased that I'm trying new things. I do believe you can change the way you see, view, and do things. I think it's important to have faith in yourself and believe that you can learn anything that you want to learn. So dangnabbit! I'm going to try this for size!
I've included some pics. See up at the top? That's when I just got the book. I sat...wait...I layed...dangit...wait...I hear my father in my head...you lie down on the couch...you lay an egg. Anyway - I nuzzled under the covers with our dog Ruby nestled beside me and began reading the book. I'm only on the first part. The BEGINNING - the forward, which is very inspiring. There is a part that totally worked for me. She called it the 2 minute rule. It was about getting started. Just start. Give it 2 minutes. See where it goes. I thought - I can do 2 minutes. Right?
I actually continued to read the next part. It was a list of the materials I need. I'm a little overwhelmed by the list. I have most of it. But not all of it. I'm going to do my best. I went for it and read just a little more (it was over 2 minutes) and got through the Glossary of Terms as well- but after that I fell asleep. The glossary - well it pooped me out a little. I didn't understand all the words. I tend to daydream when I read. If the book gets too wordy, technical, or goes on and on and on without any humor - I begin to get sleepy. That's on me. It's the not the author. It's just the way my brain has always worked. I think I get over loaded with information - than I have guilt and shame that I don't understand - then I flip to trying really REALLY hard to understand the information - and if I find myself having the same struggle over and over - I'm back to shame and guilt and then I get tired. I'm aware of this now. I accept this about myself. And I'm happy to say, even though I still will feel guilt and shame, I shake that shit off. Who needs too much of that? Right?
So, I'm back to the "just try 2 minutes" attempt. I do like that. I can apply that to reading the material as well.
So stay tuned....there's more.